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Discourse 8 - The Manner of attaining Taqwa

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Thursday, 31 January 2013 06:34

The manner of attaining taqwa

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ

Allah Ta’ala states in the Qur’aan:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ

“O Believers! Inculcate taqwa and remain with those who are truthful.” (at-Toubah:119)

In this aayat, the believers are addressed and instructed to adopt taqwa and remain in the company of the truthful.

What is Imaan? What is taqwa? What is truthfulness?

Imaan means to believe wholeheartedly in the laws revealed by Allah Ta’ala and accept the complete teachings of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), having ultimate reliance on Him. After accepting these two beliefs, we must now resolve to live our lives according to these beliefs. Imaan does not merely mean to know the truth. Even the disbelievers acknowledge the truth. Allah Ta’ala states in the Qur’aan:

وَلَئِن سَأَلْتَهُم مَّن نَّزَّلَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً فَأَحْيَا بِهِ الْأَرْضَ مِن بَعْدِ مَوْتِهَا لَيَقُولُنَّ اللَّـهُ قُلِ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّـهِ بَلْ أَكْثَرُهُمْ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ

“And if you ask them (the disbelievers) who created the skies and the earth, they will most certainly reply, Allah!” (al-‘Ankaboot:63)

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Discourse 9 - The passion of our Akaabir for Deeni knowledge

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 06:36

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

The buzurg and the yogi

A buzurg, who lived in Delhi, trained his disciple in the field of spirituality. The buzurg prescribed various azkaar and other rigorous spiritual exercises for. When the disciple attained competence in this field, he sent him to Multan to preach Islam. The disciple set off with great fervour, zeal and enthusiasm. Whilst on his journey, he reached Paanipat, which was on the way to Multan.

In Paanipat, there was a yogi who used to spiritually attack the hearts and the Imaan of Muslims passing by. This yogi could perform supernatural feats. Thus, when the disciple neared Paanipat, the yogi became aware of it and launched an attack on his heart but failed dismally. The yogi confronted the disciple, and asked: “Who are you? Where are you going? What do you say?”

“I am a Muslim. I am going to Multan and I say La ilaaha illallah.” When the disciple said, “La ilaaha illallah,” he focused on the yogi’s heart resulting in him becoming insane. The yogi fled in haste and advised whomever he met, “Do not go there! Do not go there! There is a Muslim who is reciting La ilaaha illallah. Do not listen to this La ilaaha illallah of his.”

Hence, this very person, who tried to become an obstruction to Deen, became a means of spreading the kalimah.

Read more: Discourse 9 - The passion of our Akaabir for Deeni knowledge

   

Discourse 10 - The Rights of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013 15:28

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم ، أما بعد :

أعوذ بالله من الشيطن الرجيم     بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

إِنَّ اللَّـهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا

Shower of love

To recite Durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) once is fardh-e-‘ain (obligatory upon every individual). Ulama are unanimous on the opinion that to recite Durood once in a lifetime is fardh-e-‘ain due to the command of the Qur’aanic aayat. Thereafter, to recite Durood whenever one mentions or hears the name of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is waajib.

There are two views of the fuqahaa concerning reciting Durood Shareef if Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) blessed name is repeated several times, for example in a bayaan or in a lesson of hadeeth. One view is that to recite Durood once is waajib. {Similar to performing only one sajdah-e-tilaawat when reciting an aayat of sajdah several times.} The second view is that it is waajib to recite Durood every time the name of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is mentioned.

There is leniency in the first view, whilst caution is being exercised in the second view. However, the dictates of reverence should ensure that Durood be recited every time the name of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is mentioned.

Read more: Discourse 10 - The Rights of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)

   

Discourse 11 - Etiquettes of Durood Shareef

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013 06:00

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم 

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَرْ‌فَعُوا أَصْوَاتَكُمْ فَوْقَ صَوْتِ النَّبِيِّ وَلَا تَجْهَرُ‌وا لَهُ بِالْقَوْلِ كَجَهْرِ‌ بَعْضِكُمْ لِبَعْضٍ أَن تَحْبَطَ أَعْمَالُكُمْ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَشْعُرُ‌ونَ ﴿٢﴾ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَغُضُّونَ أَصْوَاتَهُمْ عِندَ رَ‌سُولِ اللَّـهِ أُولَـٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ امْتَحَنَ اللَّـهُ قُلُوبَهُمْ لِلتَّقْوَىٰ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَ‌ةٌ وَأَجْرٌ‌ عَظِيمٌ ﴿٣﴾ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُنَادُونَكَ مِن وَرَ‌اءِ الْحُجُرَ‌اتِ أَكْثَرُ‌هُمْ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ

To recite Durood Shareef on the blessed soul of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is not only a great fortune but it is a requirement of Imaan and the dictates of love. We should recite Durood as much as possible. 

I had seen a unique custom in a town based in Kashmir. I went to the Musjid for salaah. The Musjid was full and there were a few minutes left before the salaah commenced. In one corner of the Musjid, a person stood up and began to recite ‘allaahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad’. A second person replied by saying ‘as-salaatu was-salaamu ‘alaika ya-Rasulallah’. This practice continued in such a manner that a person from one side of the Musjid recited Durood, followed by the recitation of another person from the other side of the Musjid and intermittently all the musallees recited together.

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Discourse 12 - Disorder caused by the love of wealth and its remedy

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Monday, 28 January 2013 06:21

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم ، أما بعد :

ما نقصت صدقة من مال و ما زاد الله عبدا بعفو إلا عزّا و ما تواضع أحد لله إلا رفعه الله

Allah Ta’ala has bestowed upon Nabi-e-Akram (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) such intelligence and diplomacy which no human being has ever possessed. And after bestowing Huzoor (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) with these qualities, Allah Ta’ala sent Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) for the reformation of the entire world. Huzoor (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) pondered over the destruction encompassing the entire world and understood the root causes. What are these root causes?

Basically, it is a result of three things and these three things have resulted in creating a conflict between father and son, between brother and brother, between mother and son, between sister and brother, between neighbours, between relatives, etc.

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